Performing Image: Book launch and conversation
Tuesday 30 April 2019, 6.30pm–7.45pm

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Join us for the launch of Performing Image by critic Isobel Harbison, published by MIT Press. In Performing Image, Harbison examines how artists have combined performance and moving image in their work since the 1960s. This convergence both anticipates and contextualises a much broader social turn to performing images since the advent of smart phones and the spread of online prosumerism. Artists have used various DIY modes of self-imaging and circulation from home video to social media to exaggerate, challenge or antagonise the impact of normative media imagery while also establishing alternative platforms for self-expression and self-representation. Harbison offers a history of the term ‘prosumer’ in step with close analyses of works by such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Yvonne Rainer, Mark Leckey, Wu Tsang and Martine Syms.

On this special occasion Isobel Harbison, and educator and writer Maeve Connolly, will discuss some of Performing Image’s key themes including the expanding parameters of moving image and performance in contemporary art practice, their increasing importance in museums and galleries, and the pertinence of their convergence in an information sphere, and attention economy, increasingly dependent on the activity of prosumerism.

Isobel Harbison is an art critic and Lecturer in Fine Art (Critical Studies) at Goldsmiths, University of London. She writes regularly for titles including Art-Agenda, Art Monthly, Frieze and Performa. Performing Image is her first book.

Maeve Connolly co-directs the MA in Art & Research Collaboration at IADT. She is the author of TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television (Intellect, 2014) and The Place of Artists’ Cinema: Space, Site and Screen (Intellect, 2009). Forthcoming publications include contributions to the anthologies European Women’s Video Art (John Libbey Publishing, 2019), Expanding Cinema: Theorizing Film Through Contemporary Art (Amsterdam University Press, 2019), and Women Artists, Feminism and the Moving Image: Contexts and Practices (Bloomsbury, 2019). Her current research focuses on artists as agents and analysts of infrastructural change.


Image credit: Lorraine O’Grady, Art Is (Troupe Front), 1983/ 2009, Performance and C-prints (1 of 40). Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; © 2018 Lorraine O’Grady/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.